Media Advisory - Accessing Talent - Is Your Business on Track? A one of a kind interactive event on the challenges and benefits of building a diverse workforce for small and medium-sized Canadian businesses

    TORONTO, Feb. 15 /CNW/ -

    WHAT:     The Canadian Centre for Diversity launches its Diversity is
              Good Business Program 2008. Wednesday February 27th is a unique
              opportunity for small and medium-sized (SME) GTA business
              owners to network and learn from a seasoned group of panelists.
              Participants will:
              -  Hear concrete, practical and actionable information on
                 diversity that is meaningful to an SME audience;
              -  Build essential diversity management skills to help build an
                 inclusive work environment;

    WHEN:     7:30 am - 10 am Wednesday February 27, 2008

    WHO:      Panelists sharing their expertise:
              -  Mike Fox, Managing Director, Brightlights Inc., recruiting
                 specialists for small & medium sized technology firms
              -  Aaron Prezes, President, Merchant Service Corp.
              -  Tina Tehranchian, Branch Manager & Financial Advisor,
                 Assante Capital Management
              -  Beth Tyndall, Vice President Human Resources, Navantis Inc.,
                 IT solutions and services
              Moderator: Andria Case, Anchor and Reporter, CTV News

    WHERE:    89 Chestnut Conference Centre
              South of Dundas Street on the east side of Chestnut Street,
              west of University Avenue

    BACKROUND: The Canadian Centre for Diversity believes small and
medium-sized businesses are critical to Canada's economic growth, innovation,
and employment. The sector employs nearly 60 percent of working Canadians, and
contributes 70 percent of all new jobs to the economy. Research shows that
SMEs have little to no information, training, or resources to assist them with
their human resources needs. Couple the economic significance of these
businesses with workforce trends such as an aging workforce, a declining birth
rate, and a decreasing talent pool, and the condition of the human resources
and diversity practices of these employers becomes a high priority. The
Diversity is Good Business Program (DIGB) is designed to help bridge this gap.
    This program is sponsored through the generosity of RBC Foundation.
CTVGlobemedia is the exclusive national media sponsor for the Canadian Centre
for Diversity.

For further information:

For further information: or to reserve a ticket for $25.00, call (416)
597-9693, ext. 27 or email or for On-Line
Registration, go to:

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